Jesús Palomino, Media Filter & Big Compass, installation view, the Locker Plant, 2006

Jesús Palomino

Jesús Palomino is an artist from Sevilla, Spain who makes sculptures, drawings, and installations conceived and designed for specific sites. In addition to gallery and museum exhibitions, he has made work in empty train depots, dead factories, and vacant lots across Europe. Using such simple materials as paper dipped in oil or construction-site debris, Palomino subtly altered these sites in order to record their decline and suggest ways in which they might be recharged or renewed in the future. For the past several years Palomino has been assembling and exhibiting a series of fantastic, Rube Goldberg-like “machines” at venues in Europe and North America. These machines, all hand-built using cheap commercial or cast-off goods, aim to perform functions wildly at odds with their humble appearance. Palomino’s Locker Plant exhibition, entitled Media Filter & Big Compass, was largely constructed from materials the artist scrounged and scavenged during his stay in Marfa. A series of 60 drawings were shown as well.

Jesús Palomino was born in Sevilla, Spain and received a degree in fine arts from the Universidad de Cuenca and the Universidad de Castilla la Mancha in Cuenca. Over the past fourteen years he has exhibited his work in group and solo shows internationally at venues such as the Casa de América, Madrid, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Español, Valladolid, and Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela (all 2005); Plus Gallery, Düsseldorf, the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, and Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid (all 2001); and museums and galleries in Berlin, Panama City, Cameroon, Barcelona, and Xiamen, China. Palomino currently lives and works in Berlin.